Christian leaders often tell the story of tightrope walker Charles Blondin to illustrate the difference between faith and belief. Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope and asked the crowd if they believed he could do it. They answered, “Yes.” But when it came to actually climbing in a wheelbarrow to go across with him, no one would. However, in 1859, Blondin carried his manager Harry Colcord across on piggyback, and the next year he repeated the stunt with his assistant Romain Mouton.
The blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works.
The apostle Paul says Abraham’s faith was “counted as righteousness.” (Romans 4:3) The Heavenly Father sent the first Christmas present wrapped up in a baby…and He is righteousness. Do you merely acknowledge Jesus, or do you truly trust in Him – not in your works, your clean living, or your family history – to get you into heaven?
Colcord and Mouton must have felt safe with Blondin because they knew him well. The more you know Jesus, the easier it is to trust Him. This Christmas, thank God for the gift of righteousness. Get to know Jesus through Bible study and prayer so you can unquestionably believe Him for everything that matters to you, including this country.
Recommended Reading: Matthew 6:25-34